Doug + Annika . Expecting . Singapore and San FranciscoFebruary 10, 2014

This is a story of two birthdays. Well, I guess three, really! I had the honor to document Doug and Annika’s pregnancy with a maternity session in their home of Singapore last February, days before their son was born and on Doug’s birthdays of all days. Five months later, two had become three, and we captured some family photos near their new home in the San Francisco Bay Area. This time, it was Annika’s birthday. Yes, a total coincidence, both times!

If you’re a photography blog junkie, you might recognize Doug and Annika from their epic Icelandic wedding as captured by the amazing guys at Nordica. I try not to over use the word “epic,” but this time it’s definitely fitting. They’re two of the best people I know, so my heart has grown for this special little boy, already a world traveler. Please enjoy the set and try not to lose it over the baby buns!

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Luca . San Francisco, CAJanuary 23, 2012

This morning, I stopped by the very rad Taylor Stitch handmade men’s clothing store in the Mission to pull some looks for an upcoming shoot. Afterward, I met up with my friend Virginia and her son Luca in their neighborhood at Duboce Park Cafe. I don’t always carry a camera with me, but I’m sure glad I had one on hand this afternoon. Luca is such an expressive, curious boy and his mom is simply the coolest – our 10 minute walk to our cars involved a few hunts for imaginary characters, opening of invisible presents, exploration of a local fire station, and lots of running, jumping, playing. And seriously — I can’t get enough of the firefighter rain jacket. Do they make this in adult sizes?

Freeman . San Carlos, CADecember 12, 2011

One of the coolest things about working with families is watching kids grow up! I met little Freeman in his first week of life. He was not the most cooperative subject, but you can’t really blame a newborn. This time around, he was wide-eyed and very interested in the camera (future photographer on our hands!?). I had a great time hanging with Freeman, his mom, dad, and dog, Grace in San Carlos; it just so happened to be the day before Freeman’s 6 month birthday.

Please enjoy the set below, and of course — Happy Birthday, Freeman!

Cuervo Family . Los Altos, CADecember 8, 2011

After years of film photography I bought my first DSLR in late February of this year. A few weeks later, my friends had their first baby and I asked if I could come by and take pictures of him. Graciously, they welcomed me to their home and I did what was really my first official digital photo session. Eight months later, they asked me back and it sure is fun to see the growth, not just in little Silas but in my photography as well. Sometimes when I am feeling down on my work, I go to my favorite photographers’ blogs and navigate back a few years, to be inspired by the degree of improvement they’ve experienced. So in this case, it really is fun, albeit a little embarrassing, to take a look back on the work I was so proud of eight months ago and compare the two sessions. I hope this might encourage those of you considering picking up a camera to.. pick it up! It’s a process, and I’m excited to look back on today’s set in another eight months.

In the meantime, please enjoy the images captured below. Rhett and I are lucky to call them friends.

Pai Family . Cupertino, CANovember 7, 2011

Nidhi Pai is my dentist. She has been the guardian of my teeth for the last few years. She is the kind of dentist that you love to send friends to; warm, genuine, a little self deprecating, goofy and fun. She is a fast friend to everyone. Okay, I’ll stop bragging on my dentist. But seriously… if you live in the Bay Area, check her out.

More important than being my dentist, Nidhi and her husband Akash are parents to stunning Ria and spunky Krish — two sweet natured kids who know how to have a good laugh. The giggles you see below are one hundred percent theirs, and let me tell you, it is infectious! I left their home with a huge smile on my face and reminded to not take things too seriously. Please enjoy the images below and I won’t blame you if you crack a smile, too.

Brown Family . Expecting . Menlo Park, CAOctober 23, 2011

2011 is a year of big changes for the Brown family. It started with a transition from their life in New York City to settling in to their beautiful, cozy home in the San Francisco Bay Area. And very soon, the family of three will welcome a little brother or sister for nearly-2-year-old Annabel.

I spent a gorgeous fall Sunday morning at the Brown’s home in Menlo Park as they got the house ready and shared in joyful anticipation for the baby-to-come. While Dad assembled the crib, Annabel helped Mom organize the baby’s new toys, which sparked some sweet nostalgia as she met some of her early toys for the first time in a long while. Tom and Maria are warm, calm, loving parents to little Annabel and I know the new arrival will be completely cherished. Congratulations to the Brown family; I can’t wait to meet him or her!

Thuma Family . Oakland, CAOctober 17, 2011

I spent a beautiful morning with the beautiful Thuma family in their beautiful home with their three beautiful boys and their beautiful dogs. Did I use “beautiful” enough in that last sentence? No, probably not, because seriously — this family is beautiful.

The boys Cannon, Rhys, and Rowan (points for cool names) got along wonderfully and were sweet and thoughtful. I like to think it is because I am a master child-wrangler, but it probably has something more to do with the lollipop promised to them by their Mom, Teri, at the end of the session. They were fascinated by my camera; the two frames of them near the front were peering into the lens waiting to see the shutter. Pure captivation and curiosity!

Thanks to the Thuma family for letting me into your home to capture your wonderful family.